The annual Migrant Workers Day celebration every June 7 and held this year at the Philippine Trade Training Center became a huge platform to show off RWO-NCR’s accomplishments in implementing its family development support and livelihood programs and in carrying out the educational welfare assistance to OFW dependents. This year’s theme, OFW: Sa Sipag at Tiyaga, Bilib Kami Sa Yo, the livelihood products and services of 11 OFW Family Circles (OFCs), two model OFW family-winners, and five grantees of business loan under the 2B-OFW Reintegration Program (ORP) were exhibited to show that there is life more promising after overseas employment.
A week before the event, RWO-NCR Director Emma Sinclair directed the Family Welfare Officers of the Reintegration Unit to subject the products of six exhibitors for cliniquing to ensure that the goods will be packaged and presented accordingly for a bigger, wider market. The five OFCs were OFW Multipurpose Coop headed by Roger San Andres (organic soap and fertilizer), Taguig Chapter led by Pamela Ayap (bags made of water lily), Malabon and DDCC led by Meliton Negrido and Kate Dondoyano (charcoal briquette), Sta. Quiteria/Navotas OFC led by Conrado Amador and Peter Esrael (handicrafts), and Pasig/Pateros led by Rushpina Pido and Donabella Javier (peanut butter). ORP grantee Elmir Ayaton, whose P400,000 business loan was released two months ago for his beverage business also received packaging consultancy for his fruit wine. The cliniquing task was done by the Department of Science and Technology. Other participating OFCs were MOFCAI/Manila led by Tess Romilla and Tess de Asis, SMART OFC led by Gertrudes Salipod, Pasay/Anrie Mktg led by Virgie Solano and Annaliza Franco, Yahad OFC led by Josephine Gruta, and STAR OFC led by Pinkilyn Francisco and Wilma Abay. Business loan grantees who also showcased their products were Barbara Mandi (Mandi printing shop), Christopher Dones (pizza, pasta, chicken), Eden Castro Villa (handicrafts), and Judy Luquingan Balteng (soft bamboo-made products).
During the program, the region’s 64 scholars of Education for Development Scholarship Program for SY 2012-2013 were presented as proof of the agency’s genuine efforts in looking after the welfare of the OFW’s family. The fifteen-minute presentation in the program was seen by luminaries —Senator Jinggoy Estrada, Department of Labor and Employment Acting Secretary Lourdes Transmonte, and Philippine Overseas Employment Administration Chief Hans Cacdac and served as indirect felicitation to OWWA Administrator Carmelita Dimzon and RWO-NCR officials present during the affair.
More jovial festivities were observed at the OWWA Center’s ground and second floors. Migoy (Migranteng Pinoy), the OWWA mascot introduced in 2009, helped the RWO-NCR personnel in offering and serving free-flowing candies, nuts, juice and coffee with cupcakes and native rice cakes to clients who came to the office for the usual queries on how to avail of OWWA programs and services. Clueless on the activities prepared for them, a rondalla was assembled at the lobby to entertain clients with live music as they wait for their turn to be called. To top it all, lucky clients brought home T-shirts, umbrellas, blenders, and an LCD TV after drawing raffle stubs.